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DailyDirt: Storing Lots Of Energy

1 hour agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The obvious challenge with renewable energy sources like solar and wind is: what do you do when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing? Solar and wind generators don't tend to produce electricity in convenient amounts whenever...Show More Summary

Cities Rushing To Restrict Airbnb Are About To Discover That They're Violating Key Internet Law

3 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Fights over tech policy are going increasingly local. Most technology regulations have been federal issues. There have been a few attempts to regulate on the state level -- including Pennsylvania's ridiculous attempt to demand ISPs filter out porn in the early 2000s. Show More Summary

3 Tips for Choosing the Best Practice Area for Solo Attorneys

It’s a question that has dogged young lawyers for generations: How do I choose my area of practice? Some people are lucky in the sense that they knew right from a tender age that they wanted to be a lawyer and knew exactly what area of law they wanted to......

Lawyerly Lairs: The Obamas’ Post-Presidency, $6 Million Mansion

The Obamas are staying in Washington -- and renting this nine-bedroom, 8,200-square-foot mansion.

Big Win For Fair Use: Jury Says Google's Use Of Java API's Was Fair Use... On To The Appeal

4 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

This is somewhat surprising, but good: after a few days of deliberation, the jury in the redo of the Oracle v. Google case concerning Google's use of Java's APIs in Android has resulted in a jury verdict finding that Google's use was allowed as fair use. Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 05.26.16

Did you know Virginia allows people with only a bachelor's degree to be magistrates? And they are the ones approving search warrants. [Katz on Justice] Domino's Pizza is the latest target of Eric Schneiderman, and the pizza chain is accused of discounting the hours employees have worked. Show More Summary

Reinventing The Law Business: 3 Essential Virtues For Lawyers

Managing partner Bruce Stachenfeld shares wisdom from business writer Patrick Lencioni.

Cunningham-Parmeter on Amazon and Uber

Friend-of-blog Keith Cunningham-Parmeter (Willamette) has just posted on SSRN his superb piece, From Amazon to Uber: Defining Employment in the Modern Economy, which will appear in the Boston University Law Review. From the abstract: American companies increasingly hire workers without...

Techdirt T-Shirt List: Nerd Harder

5 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Limited time offer: Support Techdirt and get a "Nerd Harder." T-shirt! Normally at this time of the week, we post our "Techdirt Reading List" suggestion for a book worth reading, but this week we're suggesting something that's a little...Show More Summary

Peter Thiel Is Wrong About the First Amendment

Peter Thiel, an eccentric libertarian and billionaire tech entrepreneur, confirmed on Wednesday that he financed Hulk Hogan’s successful lawsuit against Gawker, after the website published a portion of a sex tape featuring the wrestler. Show More Summary

Rankings Aren’t Just for Law School: Tier 3 / ‘Cooley’ Employees

More thoughts from columnist Stephen Williams on how in-house lawyers can deal with underperformers.

5 Places To Pick Up Clients

There are some places where you just might have some success in landing clients. Here are five of them.

Georgetown LLMs Bent Out Of Shape Over Graduation

Does this school give JDs preferential treatment over LLMs?

Do Flat Rates Attract Middle Class Clients?

The wealthiest clients can afford to pay hundreds of dollars an hour for representation. The poorest may be able to find a lawyer for free. It's those in the middle that can be the hardest to attract. For, while Internet marketing has made it easier to get your name......

Judge Handcuffs Lawyer in Court to 'Teach Her a Lesson'

A Las Vegas judge handcuffed a public defender and seated her with inmates after she spoke over him in court. Assistant public defender Zohra Bakhtary had been arguing to keep her client out of jail when Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Conrad Hafen told her to "be quiet,"......

Top Lessons for In-House Counsel From Major Corporate Scandals

God bless the corporate scandal. Not only does it provide a bit of voyeuristic schadenfreude, it's a valuable teaching moment. "See kids, don't do what that white collar criminal did." And whether it's a Bank of America executive's claims that the bank has become a sexist "bro's club" or......

San Francisco's Law on Sugary Drinks Defeats Injunction Attempts

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District in California refused to grant an injunction to halt the law recently approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors that would force very prominent warnings on ads of sugary drinks. It means that there's effectively nothing to stop the law from......

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